How to Make a Waldorf Wheat Grass Basket to Welcome Spring

It’s actually a lot easier to grow your own Easter Grass than you may think. And it doesn’t even take that all. All you need is a few supplies and about a week! So keep reading and try something new this year.

Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass with this tutorial. You only need a few days!

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A few years ago, my friend Melanie from Many Hands House used to host wonderful Waldorf Homeschooling Days. We spent fabulous days with Melanie doing lots of fun things – including Waldorf Wheat Grass Baskets, hand-dying play silks with kool-aid, Ukrainian egg decorating, welcoming winter with a winter solstice spiral, and welcoming spring with May Day Pole Dancing.

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How to grow your own Easter Basket Grass in less than a week!

Sadly, Melanie doesn’t host these homeschooling days any longer, but I convinced her to bring her kids over a few days to make new wheat grass baskets with us. It’s a pretty simple process that anyone can do and I’m thrilled that we’re growing our own Easter basket grass this year instead of buying that nasty plastic stuff. Growing your own wheat grass baskets has long been a tradition in Waldorf homeschooling circles as a way to welcome spring, and we enjoy it a lot! 

Supplies needed to grow your own Easter Basket Grass

  • Baskets – we picked up 88 cent baskets at Goodwill the other day. They had tons to choose from in all price ranges. I made my kids stick to the 88 cent baskets though because I’m cheap like that.
  • Soil
  • Plastic wrap {or plastic liners for the baskets}
  • Wheat Berries {soaked in water for 24 hours prior} OR grass seed would work fine, too. Wheat berries are the product of the wheat plant and are ground to make flour. You should be able to find them in the organic or bulk section of your grocery store, or you can buy a bag of Bob’s Red Mill wheat berries on Amazon too and have them shipped to your house in two days if you have Amazon Prime.

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The Process

First, put the baskets on your head and be goofy for a while. Okay, that might not be an actual requirement. But it seemed to be something that no one could refuse to do!

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Moving on. The real first step is to soak the wheat berries overnight. The night before you plan to start your basket, place the wheat berries in a bowl and cover them with water to soak overnight. I used about 10 cups of wheat berries for the six baskets we made and we had enough to do many  more baskets. Make sure the water covers them completely as they will soak it all up. You can get wheat berries from the bulk section at the grocery store, from a health food store, Amish store, or Azure Standard – you can even order them on Amazon Prime and have them at your door in 2 days. They’re actually a pantry staple I always have on hand since I grind them to make my own flour for bread I bake, like this whole wheat potato bread.

How to make waldorf wheat grass baskets to welcome spring

Then, line a basket with plastic wrap if you don’t have a basket liner. Add a couple inches of soil, and then top with the soaked wheat berries. Make sure the berries are still nice and moist. If not, spritz them with a water sprayer. We then covered them with plastic wrap to keep in the moisture.

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On the very next day after you’ve planted the berries, you should already notice them growing! Make sure to keep them moist as they grow. Just keep spraying them with water. You might have to water them every day.

And that’s it – that’s all there is to it.

I have to tell you, I had so much fun comparing the pictures from this day to the pictures of the baskets we made three years ago. It’s so much fun to see how the kids have changed.

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I have been homeschooling in some capacity now for six years. While we use an eclectic approach to homeschooling and don’t subscribe really to any particular educational philosophy, we really enjoy the Waldorf emphasis on nature and the seasons and love the time spent celebrating the changing seasons with our Waldorf friends.

Stalk me on instagram to see pictures of the baskets as the wheat grass grows! We’re all excited to watch the grass turn green and get tall.

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Welcome Spring! We’re glad you’re back. We’re looking forward to warmth and light.

welcome spring!

 Do you do anything to welcome spring? Please leave a comment. <3

UPDATE:

Grow your own Easter Wheat Grass Basket

See how fast this grass grows! 4-5 days is all you need my friends! What are you waiting for?

It's actually a lot easier to grow your own Easter Grass than you may think. And it doesn't even take that all. All you need is a few supplies and about a week! So keep reading and try something new this year!